Apple has tonight released an official statement to U.S news network CNBC, categorically denying all involvement in the classified “Top Secret” data-collection program – P.R.I.S.M.
According to The Washington Post, the program gives the National Security Agency (NSA) legal right to directly access user data which is stored on the servers of mega-corporations, such as: Facebook, AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo and Google.
Apple was also said to have joined the program in 2012, after abstaining for a period of 5-years for reasons unknown.
However, in a statement passed to CNBC, an Apple spokesperson has this morning confirmed that the company has “never heard of PRISM,” and that the firm “[does] not provide any government agency with direct access to [its] servers.”
Apple to @cnbc: “We have never heard of PRISM. We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers..”
— CNBC (@CNBC) June 6, 2013
Describing the program, The Post writes:
“The highly classified program, code-named PRISM, has not been disclosed publicly before. Its establishment in 2007 and six years of exponential growth took place beneath the surface of a roiling debate over the boundaries of surveillance and privacy. Even late last year, when critics of the foreign intelligence statute argued for changes, the only members of Congress who knew about PRISM were bound by oaths of office to hold their tongues.”
The paper adds that the companies who are knowingly participating and providing data to the NSA through the P.R.I.S.M program, are said to include “most of the dominant global players of Silicon Valley.”
One of those is Dropbox, which is expected to join the program “soon.”
/ MR (h/t)